Blue-green infra­st­ruc­tures can contri­bute to local resource and food secu­rity. Their capa­bi­lity to rege­ne­rate human and ecosystem live­li­hoods in a multi­func­tional manner makes them valu­able buil­ding blocks of a water-sensi­tive city and land­s­cape deve­lop­ment. In this book, Grit Bürgow deve­lops the concept of an urban aquacul­ture unifying old cultural tech­ni­ques from diffe­rent regions of the world with new know-how. Her holistic approach weaves aspects of history toge­ther with the future deve­lop­ment of the city and land­s­cape encom­pas­sing themes of ecology, tech­no­logy, lear­ning and design. The unfol­ding perspec­tive touches ever­yday life ques­tions: It proposes not only a recon­struc­tion of urban infra­st­ruc­ture, but also a change of urban life­style.

Tradi­tional and contem­porary types of aquacul­ture are the focus of the obser­va­tions. Their services are „blue-green“ – the rege­ne­ra­tion of fresh water, the produc­tion of food and the support of biodi­ver­sity. Water-farming is the original core of aquacul­ture; classic forms illus­trated are swim­ming gardens, fish­ponds and water-farm green­houses. In addi­tion to water-farming, the author singles out the concept of „water-well­being“ in cities; bathing ships and river swim­ming pools are part of this. A third buil­ding block is a „water-living culture,“ which gene­rally describes urban life at and in the water. The concept runs through approa­ches at the buil­ding design level, called „aqua­tec­ture,“ and in the form of „aqua­punc­tures“ at a parti­ci­pa­tive-commu­ni­ca­tive level.

Case studies deepen these concep­tional consi­de­ra­tions. The city-wide level illu­mi­nates aspects of daily use of tech­nical infra­st­ruc­ture and the accom­panying land­s­cape change. The project level inves­ti­gates multi­func­tional design approa­ches and services and ways of an effec­tive spatial and resource utili­za­tion through combined water and food produc­tion. Last, but not least, it shows the possi­bi­li­ties of parti­ci­pa­tion and applied lear­ning within the scope of infra­st­ruc­tural design and manage­ment processes.

The book deli­vers valu­able inspi­ra­tion for inte­grated plan­ning and design processes at the inter­face between urban struc­ture, multi­func­tional infra­st­ruc­tures and land­s­cape ecosystem services. It high­lights urban aquacul­ture plan­ning and design as a multi­di­sci­pli­nary prac­tice brin­ging toge­ther the skills of archi­tects, plan­ners, desi­gners and infra­st­ruc­ture engi­neers, thereby crea­tively exten­ding the classic occupa­tional profile of city and land­s­cape plan­ners. It tables how diverse blue-green infra­st­ruc­tures can be decen­trally inte­grated into the urban realm and which poten­tial dwells at a produc­tive and also commun­ca­tive level.

multi­func­tional infra­st­ruc­ture I urban design I sustainable city I rege­ne­ra­tive city I loop city I  urban food produc­tion I rege­ne­ra­tive water manage­ment I urban farni­ming I roof water-farm I swim­ming gardens I floa­ting gardens I fish­ponds I aqua­tec­ture I aqua­punc­ture

Bürgow, G. (2014): Urban Aquacul­ture – Water-sensi­tive trans­for­ma­tion of city­scapes via blue-green infra­st­ruc­tures. Disser­ta­tion 25.11.2013 – Tech­ni­sche Univer­sität Berlin. Schrif­ten­reihe der Reiner-Lemoine-Stif­tung, Shaker Verlag, Herzo­gen­rath, ISBN 978–3-8440–3262-8 (–3-8440–3262-8)

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